At Frankfurt airport, a strike by security staff brought chaos on Friday to Europe’s third largest air hub.
By the evening, large numbers of passengers were still stuck in the terminal after operators cancelled dozens of flights.
While air traffic is expected to return to normal by Saturday, many travellers were left fuming by the delays.
“I’m heading to Helsinki and now I’ve heard that all the security is closed, totally closed,” said one passenger.
Another traveller stranded in Frankfurt said: “Now we have to try and get the bags back. It seems they don’t have a process for doing this. I should imagine there’s lots of people trying to get their baggage back because they can’t make flights. It’s absolute chaos, not very impressive, not very German.”
Passengers reportedly booed the striking staff who walked through the hub carrying placards saying ‘We’re worth it.’‘
Fresh talks to resolve the dispute are scheduled for the start of next month.